The August Bank Holiday is here! This is one of the most traditional time for many of us to carry out traditional DIY tasks – A new report out today has revealed however that 75% of delay crucial home maintenance tasks
Some 82% of Brits admit to putting off essential DIY jobs for an average of 26 days, while 10% will delay carrying out these tasks for more than three months, new research by one of the UK’s UK’s largest residential property management companies , has revealed.
Almost a third (32%) of those who put off household tasks and DIY say they are too busy, while 25% say they are not confident of what they are doing. One in 10 (9%) are worried about damaging their property, while 6% are anxious about injuring themselves.
Of the 2,000 Brits polled, 28% have injured themselves during DIY tasks, with one in 20 (4%) having to take time off work or go to hospital, according to The Value of Property Maintenance report.
However, delays could be because households don’t like doing DIY. A quarter of us hate clearing gutters (28%), getting rid of damp and mould (27%) and cleaning windows (25%). Other unpopular DIY tasks include plumbing (20%), painting and repairing walls (18%) and cleaning carpets and floors (18%).
Despite this, the research found that Brits spend 114 hours a year doing jobs around the house – equivalent to 14 working days, or seven weekends a year.
The full cost of maintaining the average home in the UK is £1,840. But the good news is that, as a nation, we do save about £700 a year on DIY jobs, such as plumbing, decorating, cleaning carpets, windows and gutters, repairs and gardening,
Jobs such as keeping the garden tidy or a bit of painting here and there can be done by most people – some might even enjoy it! However, other jobs that might appear simple, such as clearing the guttering, getting rid of mould or replacing sealant on baths/showers, are actually, in my view, best left to the professionals as they often require specialist safety equipment, expert knowledge and skill.
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